2017 - Workshops and Events


As we enter 2018 Rinpoche is teaching Vajrasattva Mantra Meditation. This teaching will allow us to positively let go and move forward.  For our sake and the sake of our loved ones together we will accumulate 10,000 Vajrasattva purification Mantras.


Today we’re launching our 2017 Year-End Campaign. Please join us.

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Please join us at our annual Ahimsa event to celebrate the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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We just got a call from the monks on Richard Gere’s Mystical Arts tour.  The seven monks are stopping by to join us for Tsok.  This will be an inspiring and transforming evening.  The Mystical Arts tour, endorsed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, hopes their tour contributes toward world peace and toward greater awareness of the current Tibetan situation.  We hope many of you can find time to join us for this extraordinary Tsok ceremony.



A two day teaching on Dharmaraksita's Wheel Of Sharp Weapons
Saturday and Sunday, November 4, November 5

In this profound teaching we begin to understand the main characteristics of the causes that keep us continously returning to the experences of suffering.  We learn the essential aspects of training our minds on how to overcome the delusions that give rise to our suffering in the first place.

Suggested donation for the two-day teaching: $108.00

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Saturday October 28

Tashi Delek!  You are invited to our annual fundraiser on October 28th.  We are planning a wonderful evening where we can spend time with ZaChoeje Rinpoche, Geshe-la, friends and family.  

We hope you will be inspired to come this year to show your support for Emaho and to help us raise much needed funding. Emaho Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Our fundraisers are vital to our growth and stability. We need your support to provide for our teachers, our center, and to support our three-fold mission.

Buy your tickets now!


The evening event will include a talk by ZaChoeje Rinpoche on the progress being made on his Tashi Gaden Choephel Ling Monastery project in Tehor, Tibet. 

We've planned a marvelous dinner and amazing desserts. You can bid on awesome auction items just in time for the holidays.

   5:00 - 6:00 Slideshow and talk by ZaChoeje Rinpoche
   6:00 - 6:30 Time to look at auction items and bid; talk with friends and relax
   6:30 - 7:30 Dinner and Desserts
   7:30 - 9:00 Bid on Silent Auction 
   9:00 - 9:30 Bids finalized

Adults $35; Kids ages 15-17 $15; under 15 free


Silent auction including themed gift baskets
Balloon pops with gift certificate surprises
Raffle for a delux Dharma Crafts Basket   

Do you want to help by donating an auction item?  This years we're asking for donations of gift certificates -- if you've received a gift card and never used it, please donate it!  Also from now through October 15th we're asking for donations of new or "as new" items.  Some examples of popular items are -- paintings, jewelry, art objects, musical instruments, small appliances, tools, camping equipment, pet supplies, bath and beauty items, theater packages, sporting or cultural event tickets, restaurant gift certificates, etc.  
If you have questions about a donation and/or are interested in volunteering, please contact Melissa Smith at . We have a number of ways to participate before, during and after the event. 

Saturday, September 30, 10:00am-3:00pm When there are natural disasters, in Tibet, monks, nuns and lay people recite Guru Rinpoche's mantra to help elevate suffering caused by such events. Guru Rinpoche Day is the most auspicious day to recite mantra with a mind willing to help the suffering caused by such disasters.  We have a copy of Guru Rinpoche's mantra at the center for your reference. 


For the sake of all suffering beings may they quickly find peace.


Classes begin Thursday, September 14

With the blessing of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and his teacher, ZaChoeje Rinpoche, Geshe-la has written two books, commentaries, on the Lamrim Chenmo, Great Treatise of the Steps of the Path, by Lama Tsongkhapa.  The Lamrim is a complete comprehensive overview of the path to enlightenment.  Geshe will translate and teach from his book, Introduction to Buddhism. This series of classes is designed for the beginner and advanced student alike. Classes will be held two times a week. Each week the class content will be the same to help accommodate people’s busy schedules. You can come to any class without having gone to previous classes and benefit.

volunteer 1Vajrasattva Sangha Day. Please join with us to mindfully come together to clean up our spiritual home. Your time makes a positive difference.


Emaho has completed the first phase of an important project based in Rinpoche's Tehor region of Eastern Tibet. Volunteers have tested the water available for drinking and washing in several locations, some as high as 19,000 feet! 

Read about the project: Emaho's Research Water Project

See the photos: 2017 Tibet Water Project

Mark your calendar. Friday, August 4,  6:15pm-8:30pm ZaChoeje Rinpoche's Birthday
Rinpoche won't be back in the US on his birthday, but we're honoring him with a community get together.
6:15pm Rinpoche's birthday, community pot luck
7:00pm Video, 50 minute public talk: Inner Peace Through Tibetan Wisdom. Tibetan wisdom is based on open-minded awareness. Rinpoche describes the connection between having an open mind and a open heart. Conversely, narrow-mindedness results in a self-centered attitude and a disruption of our harmony and inner peace.
7:50pm We will recite Rinpoche's long life prayer, written for Rinpoche by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama
8:00pm Cake and Ice Cream

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 Please join us Friday July 7 for a celebration of The His Holiness the Dalai Lama's birthday.  
7:00pm-7:50 ZaChoeje Rinpoche's Public Talk Video. Topic: Inner Peace Through Tibetan Wisdom  

7:50pm-8:30 We recite the Dalai Lama's long life prayer and will enjoy a cake and ice cream social.
In honor of his Holiness's birthday and the work he does to help the world to be a more responsible, peaceful,and compassionate place, we're launching a water bottle campaign. During the month of July, we will collect water at the center to be taken to Mom's Pantry. They will give the water to our homeless brothers and sisters to help them survive in our hot summer heat.

meditation teaching 2017

Sunday June 18
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Why do Buddhists meditate? Rinpoche explains the benefits to be gained when we set aside time to examine our thoughts, motivations, and relationships. Spiritual growth occurs in these quiet times.

Join us for a full day of teachings on this important topic. 

10:00am-12:00pm Teaching
12:00-2:00pm Lunch break
2:00-4:00pm Teaching

Suggested donation $60. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

volunteerSaturday July 15 1-3pm. Vajrasattva Sangha Day. A few hours each month we are scheduling time to mindfully come together to tidy up our spiritual home. Please join us. Your time makes a positive difference.

Saturday June 10

Please mark your calendar to join us in celebrating Saka Dawa. This is one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist days, paying homage to Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. It is said that positive actions done on this day are multiplied many times. Together we will recite Praises to Buddha, we'll chant his mantra and join in silent reflective meditation focusing on our good fortune to have come into contact with the precious dharma.

After, please stay for cookies and coffee.

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June 10th, 10:00am-11:00am
Please Mark your calendar to join us in celebrating Saka Dawa. This is one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist days paying homage to Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana. It is said that positive actions done on this day are multiplied many times. Together we will recite Praises to Buddha, we'll chant his mantra and join in silent reflective meditation focusing on our good fortune to have come into contact with the precious dharma.
After, please stay for cookies and coffee.


ZaChoeje Rinpoche is giving to us a two day workshop.
Saturday May 13 and Sunday May 14  

Pre-registration is recommended. Suggested donation for the weekend, $108.00.


How To Deal With The Four Clinging Minds

Buddha taught us how to recognize, understand, handle and then let go of the four clinging minds

  1. Clinging to sensuuality
  2. Clinging to opinions
  3. Clinging to habitual patterns
  4. Clinging to self-image

Rinpoche will teach two morning and two afternoon sessions on this profound topic.
He will share with us how to recognize these clinging minds and teach us how to effectively deal with these minds to bring more balance and happiness into our lives.  

Happy Losar (Tibetan New Year)! 

Wishing all of you an auspicious Tibetan Happy New Year. This Losar is the year of the Fire Bird. Yay! A year of Phoenix. We will rise like a phoenix and move forward with our life's journey into our pursuit of happiness.  People of Tibet and the Himalayan region areas follow the Lunar Tibetan Zodiac calendar.  The bird is the 10th sign of the zodiac which appears in the Tibetan calendar every 12-year cycle. 2018 will be the Year of the Dog. 

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We are pleased to announce Emaho Foundation's 2017 Retreat with ZaChoeje Rinpoche

Friday Evening May 26, Saturday May 27, and Sunday May 28 

ZaChoeje Rinpoche will bestow the Dug-kar empowerment. This will be the first time Rinpoche is offering this auspicious empowerment at Emaho. Dug-kar, in Sanskrit, "Ushnisha Sitapatra" is a powerful practice that enables us to evoke protection against negative forces, natural catastrophes, disease, and obstacles. 

Dug-kar is the Victorious White Umbrella deity. Her parasol indicates the ability to protect sentient beings. She is white in color, symbolizing the power necessary to accomplish the enlightened energy of pacification. Dug-kar with her thousand eyes and thousand arms represents the power of active compassion, protecting and assisting all beings. By identifying with Dug-kar, we are able to evoke within us the ability to create beneficial results. The practice of Dug-kar can bring about transformation of unhappy, negative states into happy, positive ones. 

The empowerment ceremony is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition handed down from Master to Student, going back to Shakyamuni Buddha himself. Having ZaChoeje Rinpoche, a true lineage master, bestow and explain the nuances of the practice of the Victorious White Umbrella deity, allows us to enter the practice confidently, benefiting ourselves and others and bringing spiritual and material enrichments. During the retreat Rinpoche will teach, explain how to practice, answer questions and give us his wise and compassionate guidance. 

Retreat Schedule 

Friday May 26

  • 6:00 pm Doors open, Check in 
  • 7:00 pm to 8:30pm Welcoming ceremony and introduction by ZaChoeje Rinpoche 

You are welcome to bring flower, fruit and food offerings for the Dug-kar altar.
White color flowers are traditionally given, however all colored flowers can be gracious offerings.

Saturday May 27

Note: The day of empowerment it is requested that we refrain from eating meat.  All meals during retreat will be vegetarian. 

  • 7:00 am Coffee and tea 
  • 7:30-8:30am Tibetan meditation 
  • 8:30-9:30 Light breakfast 
  • 9:00-10:00 Rinpoche will do his preparation prayers. 
  • 10:00am Actual Empowerment ceremony.
  • Noon-1:30pm Lunch at Emaho center 
  • 2:00-4:30 Introduction on how to practice 
  • 5:30-6:30pm Dinner at Emaho center
  • 7:00-8:00. Sadhana practice with Rinpoche 

Sunday May 28

  • 6:30am Coffee and tea 
  • 7:00-8:00am Tibetan meditation 
  • 8:30-9:30am Breakfast at Emaho center 
  • 10:00-noon Sadhana practice with Rinpoche 
  • 12:30-1:30pm Lunch at Emaho center 
  • 2:00-5:00pm Sadhana practice with Rinpoche and closing Tsok ceremony.
  • 5:00-7:00pm Evening Snacks 
  • 7:00pm Retreat closes  

Please kindly register on or before May 19th at 5:00pm. 

Suggestion donation:$180.00 
The dharma is considered priceless and always given without consideration of the suggested donation. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

The suggested donation helps Emaho pay for teaching materials, meals, providing for our teachers as well as the associated expenses of running Emaho center.

Please contact melissa@emahofoundation.org if you have financial questions. 

You may register here with PayPal, send a check to Emaho Foundation, 11435 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85020. You may also register at Emaho Center. 

Empowerment only is not an option at this year's retreat.

We look forward to spending auspicious retreat time with you. 

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The 2017 Emaho Teen group, under the direction of ZaChoeje Rinpoche, will study the science of Mindfulness Meditation.

This year, 2017, the children's youth program will center around the 8 Auspicious symbols. We will set up a small traditional Tibetan altar. Each class we will focus on one of the symbols. We will discuss and do a corresponding craft. Each class will close with a short loving kindness meditation. the Children's Youth Program will meet the third Sunday of the month from 10:00am-11:00am. We look forward to seeing you and we look forward to meeting new students.
To ensure we have adequate art supplies and snacks, please RSVP jackie@emahofoundation.org 

Please join ZaChoeje Rinpoche 
Saturday January 14 and Sunday January 15
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM At Emaho Center
Suggested donation $108

Avalokiteshvara Empowerment and Workshop on Great Compassion

Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of Avalokiteshvara, the compassion nature of all enlightened beings. This empowerment ceremony will awaken your potential for universal love and compassion. Rinpoche will also teach us on how to do the Sadhana practice to bring great benefit to ourself and others by opening our compassionate and loving heart.


Saturday January 14

9:00- 10:00am Self Generation and Preparation
10:00-12:00pm Empowerment Ceremony
2:00-4:00pm Sadhana Practice

You may arrive at the center at 9:15AM Saturday and join in meditation while Rinpoche conducts his self-generating ceremony. Rinpoche suggests we begin our new year focusing our mind on positive direction and opening our heart with love and compassion.

Sunday January 15

10:00am-4:00pm Teaching: The Art of Compassion

For many of us 2016 was a challenging year. With the turning of the new year we can set our spiritual focus on learning how to practice our compassion as a tool for individual and universal peace.  Rinpoche will teach the three different levels of great compassion and how to integrate that into our daily practice.

The suggested donation is $108. Please register early by using the Paypal button below or you can register in person at the center. Please know, no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Donations received help with Emaho Foundation's operating expenses.

Suggested Donation $108


We're please to announced we are offering a new video series: Buddha, The Life and Journey of Prince Siddharth towards attaining enlightenment, becoming Buddha and revolutionizing society. This series was produced in India by B.K. Modi with the blessing of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Za Choeje Rinpoche says the series gives the viewer deep insight in the life of Buddha.

This epic drama is told with world renown actors, incredible customs and scenery.  You can't help fall immediately into the film, wanting to see what transpires next.  The series was produced on a scale and grandeur rarely seen.

Each week we'll show the same one episode three times.

Wednesday 11am-12pm

Friday 2pm-3pm

Sunday 11am-12pm

Every other Saturday, two episodes 7-9pm

Sign-up sheets for the student-led discussions and student-led book clubs are now posted at the center. These discussions are a helpful way to study, reflect and deepen Buddhist concepts in a safe peer environment.
» view schedule for student-led discussions
» view schedule for book club